We’ve introduced new winter sweeps as a simpler alternative to the FedEx competition, with a clearer prize structure which players can dip in and out of and play at any time they wish. We are also confident that we can continue with this format through Covid restrictions, with straight forward score entry using the HowDidIDo app.
WEEKDAY WINTER SWEEPS, open to men and women, will take place Monday to Friday during the winter period, starting Monday 5th October. The format is singles stableford, from yellow and red tees. Players are limited to one competition entry each week (Monday to Friday). Entry fee is £2 per round, and there are optional 2s and back 9 sweeps.
Sign in and score entry will use the HowDidIDo app, just as we have during summer. Players must sign in using the app on the day they are playing, prior to teeing off, and return their score using the app shortly after finishing their round. Players can not sign in on one day, and then play on another day. As in summer, fallback arrangements will be available should players have a problem signing in before they have played or returning their score after their round: either at Pro’s Shop or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEEKEND WINTER SWEEPS will take place each weekend (apart from the first weekend of each month when the Olivers is played). The format and arrangements will be the same as the Weekday Winter Sweep, with players limited to one competition round over the weekend.
RESULTS / PRIZES: Prizes will be awarded to the leading players of both the Weekday and Weekend Sweeps for each week, and there will be additional prizes for overall winter Weekday and Weekend Order of Merit and Eclectic leaders. Live scoreboards will not be available for these multi day competitions, and we will endeavour to publish the weekday results on a Friday evening and the weekend results on a Sunday evening. We will publish all results, including regular updates on the overall Order of Merit and Eclectic leaderboards on the competition results website: https://www.cityofnewcastlegolfclub.com/competition-results-and-analysis/
COURSE CONDITIONS: It is probable that course conditions will change during the period at short notice. For example, winter tees or greens may be introduced or withdrawn at short notice to reflect changing weather conditions. But this will not impact the running of the competitions – the winner will be the highest points total regardless of the course set up.
WINTER HANDICAPPING: The winter handicapping arrangements will be much simpler, due the introduction of the World handicapping System which no longer support winter handicaps.
As we have now introduced preferred lies on the fairway, semi-rough and bunkers, all competitions will now not count for handicapping purposes, and there will be no automatic handicap reductions or increases while preferred lies are in operation across the fairways, semi-rough and bunkers.
WORLD HANDICAPPING SYSTEM: A reminder that the World Handicapping System commences on Monday, November 2nd. We have provided a link to the further details on the change at
We will provide further updates as we approach November 2nd. We expect to play some WHS singles qualifier competitions in March, once the course conditions start to improve, and preferred lies are removed..
TEAMS COMPETITIONS: Once the Club V1/HowDidIDo apps support pairs and teams competitions we aim to reintroduce a series of winter pairs and teams competitions to supplement the Winter Sweeps.
OLIVERS: Although the weather was very poor over the weekend, the course held up well, and the Olivers was completed with 54 pairs playing. Congratulations to Vic and Andy Elliott who won with a score of 11 up, and qualify for the final on 28th March.